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The Chinese word xiao - 小 - xiăo
(small in Chinese)







Phonetic script (Hanyu Pinyin)

xiăo

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English translations

small, briefly, the young,
for a short while, little

Chinese character and stroke order animation"How do I write 小 ( xiăo ) correctly?"

The strokes that all Chinese characters are composed of are to be written in a certain order which has originally been defined by Chinese calligraphy. Writing all characters according to the same rules assures that their intended shape and style are generally preserved even if written by different writers.
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Chinese characters  ( xiao / xiăo ) with pronunciation (English translation: small )
The traditional Chinese characters of xiăo are identical with the modern (simplified) characters displayed above.
Usage as a radical
小 can also be used as a radical, i.e. as a sub-component of a Chinese character. It is then called xiăozìpáng.
Character complexity
the more strokes, the harder it is to write and memorize this character the more strokes, the harder it is to write and memorize this character the more strokes, the harder it is to write and memorize this character the more strokes, the harder it is to write and memorize this character the more strokes, the harder it is to write and memorize this character 

is composed of 3 strokes and therefore is of very low complexity compared to the other simplified Chinese characters (average: 13.1 strokes).

Tags and additional information
(Meaning of individual characters, character components etc.)

snack  |  to look down upon
小 ( xiao / xiăo ) belongs to the 100 most common Chinese characters (rank 51)
Chinese example words containing the character 小 ( xiao / xiăo )
矮小 ( ăixiăo = undersized ), 胆小 ( dănxiăo = timid ), 大小 ( dàxiăo = size ), 科幻小说 ( kēhuànxiăoshuō = science fiction novel ), 恐怖小说 ( kŏngbù xiăoshuō = horror novel ), 小吃 ( xiăochī = snack ), 小吃店 ( xiăochīdiàn = snack-bar ), 小调 ( xiăodiào = minor ), 小孩儿 ( xiăoháir = child ), 小姐 ( xiăojiĕ = Miss ), 小老鼠 ( xiăolăoshŭ = mouse ), 小猫 ( xiăomāo = pussycat ), 小麦 ( xiăomài = wheat ), 小米 ( xiăomĭ = millet ), 小声 ( xiăoshēng = in a low voice ), 小时 ( xiăoshí = hour ), 小说 ( xiăoshuō = novel ), 小提琴 ( xiăotíqín = violin ) 小心 ( xiăoxīn = careful )

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